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Communication Disorders & Special Education:Chair's Welcome

Welcome to the website for the Department of Communication Disorders and Special Education (CDSE) at Old Dominion University. Our department resides in the Lions Child Study Center, located at 45th Street and Hampton Boulevard. The mission of our department is to prepare future clinicians, educators, leaders, researchers, and policy makers serving individuals with developmental, intellectual, emotional, and communication disabilities. In addition, we serve as an exemplary center for educational and clinical practice and research in the disciplines of speech-language pathology and special education.

The department of CSDE offers undergraduate and graduate programs in speech-language pathology, and graduate programs in special education. The master's degree program in speech-language pathology is accredited by the Council on Academic Accreditation- Speech-Language Pathology. Undergraduates interested in special education complete their degree through the Interdisciplinary Studies program in the College of Arts and Letters. The special education master's degree and doctoral degree programs prepare school and agency personnel to design and implement programs for individuals with disabilities in a variety of settings and to assume leadership and faculty roles. Additionally, the special education program offers programs for Virginia teaching endorsement in special education: general curriculum; special education: adapted curriculum; visual impairments; and early childhood special education, and certificate programs in autism spectrum disorders and applied behavior analysis.

We have a variety of services affiliated with the department, including the ODU Speech and Hearing Clinic, Tidewater Scottish Rite Center for Childhood Speech and Language Disorders, and the Oral Preschool Program for children with cochlear implants. These programs offer students opportunities for educational and research experiences in serving children and adults with communication and learning difficulties from the Hampton Roads community. The Training and Technical Assistance Consortium (T-TAC) also operates in the Child Study Center in affiliation with our department. T-TAC was designed to improve services to preschool children with disabilities in Virginia and is one of five regional centers that provide to field based technical assistance, such as training seminars, consultation and demonstration.

We hope you find the information you need on our website. If you have additional questions, call the department at 757-683-4117.


Jonna Bobzien, Ph.D.
Department Chair, CDSE

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